Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Use the Satin Layer Style in Photoshop
The Satin Layer Style can be used to simulate light casting on a metal or glass surface. Satin is one of many Layer Styles found in Photoshop.
To demonstrate the Satin effect, we'll start with a predefined Layer Style and customize it to meet our needs.
Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.
Select the Text tool, click the workspace and add some dark gray text.
Select the Text layer in the Layers palette and open the Styles panel (Window > Styles).
Open the Styles panel pull-down menu and choose Web Styles. Click OK to import the new Layer Styles library.
With the Text layer selected, click the Gun Metal Warm icon in the top row of the Styles panel. Notice that the the new Layer Style was added to the Text layer.
The Layer Style includes Bevel & Emboss, Stroke, Inner Glow, Satin and Gradient Overlay. Double-click Bevel & Emboss to open the Layer Styles dialog box, Bevel & Emboss section.
Increase the Depth to 300% and drop the Shadow Opacity to 50%.
Click the Satin heading to open the it's options.
Set the Blend Mode to Multiply and click the Color Rectangle to set the color to a muted dark tan.
Slowly pull the Size slider from 54 to 10 and watch the reflections appear on your letters.
Once you are satisfied with all your adjustments, click OK.